|CRIMSON BAT 3: Watch Out Crimson Bat!|
DIRECTOR: HIROKAZU ICHIMURA
STARRING: MATSUYAMA YOKO, IBUKI GORO, HAMAMURA JUN
Within a few minutes of the film's beginning Oichi finds herself in the middle of trouble and knee deep in dead men.
A horseman is shot and dragged behind as the horse races down a country road. Oichi hears this and times it perfectly as she cuts him loose from the horse. It is too late though, on the verge of death he asks Oichi to deliver a scroll to a man in a nearby village. She accepts his final wish. Soon men looking for the scroll surround her, but soon wish they hadn't.
Other complications ensue to the point where she once again finds it necessary to walk away from people who care about her. But when she learns that the munitions magnate is holding her friends captive, she jumps on a horse and rides into a camp full of waiting killers. This is a fairly large scale bloody fight as this third film in the series definitely notches up the body count.
Like the Zatoichi films, the character of Oichi grows on the viewer with each episode as she tries to find a place for herself in society though in the end her talent with the sword curses her attempts to do so.
1969 - Color - 16:9 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN 88 Min.
JAPANESE with Optional ENGLISH SUBTITLES